CHITS wins Best Health Market Innovation Award in RP

November 8th, 2011

Makati, Philippines – The Community Health Information Tracking System or CHITS, the country’s first electronic medical record system for government health facilities, shares its triumph with public health workers upon winning the “Best Health Market Innovation Award” in last night’s Galing-Likha Kalusugan Awards at the Grand Ballroom of the Hotel Intercontinental Manila.

Department of Health Secretary Enrique Ona, Presidential Sister Aurora Corazon Aquino-Abellada, Mr. Reiner Gloor, President of the Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Association of the Philippines, and Dr. Alejandro Herrin, Chair, Project Steering Committee of the Galing Likha Kalusugan Awards presented the award. Dr. Portia Fernandez-Marcelo, Director of UP Manila National Telehealth Center (NTHC), along with the CHITS project manager Dr. Marie Irene Sy, and project coordinator Noel A. Bañez, RN received the award. In her acceptance speech, Dr. Marcelo emphasized the role of public health workers as the “real” champions in improving health care delivery through CHITS.

CHITS was given the award due to its significant contribution to improving health care delivery in government health centers. Nurses and midwives who usually record health data on paper were trained to use the system to generate timely reports for DOH national vertical health programs. With the persistence of its program implementers, delays for accessing of health data were minimized giving more time for health workers to give care to patients at the health center.

“Kung hindi tayo, sino? Kung hindi ngayon, Kailan pa? (If not us, then who? If not now then when?) was Dr. Marcelo’s bold statement after describing CHITS’ success in revolutionizing record-keeping in government health centers. It has been recorded that CHITS has surpassed challenges in making the system work with most public health workers who do not know how to use computers.

CHITS, along with Tarlac’s Wireless Access for Health (WAH), NKTI Hemodialysis Center-Fresenius Medical Care Lease Agreement, and the Franchise Networks of Generics Pharmacies, topped other  117 health programs in health care service delivery, financing, facilitation, regulation, and promotion that have creatively address problems that plague health care in the Philippines.

The award was given by the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) in partnership with the Center for Health Market Innovation (CHMI) to innovative health programs that have changed how health care transactions are delivered in the market place.

CHITS implementers underwent a tedious process of revalidas and interviews by the PIDS screening committee and several health experts in the country. From the 117 programs, CHITS was shortlisted to 46 health projects and down to top 20 outstanding health programs.  The top four programs hailed as the “Best Health Market Innovation” were chosen based on;

  • Impact on many agents or principals with the overall effect deemed to be positive for the society;
  • Sustainability for the purpose of replication and implementation on a larger scale;
  • Pro-poor orientation to meet the health needs of the people in lower income groups and those with insufficient access; and
  • Adoption of appropriate technology that is interesting, unique and pioneering.

NTHC not only brought home the bacon with CHITS but also with the BuddyWorks Telehealth Project entering Top 20. Ms. Lucille Nieverra, World Health Organization Representative from the Philippines, lauded Buddywork’s promise “to deliver health care despite barriers of distance” in her opening message.

NTHC also co-received the Best Health Market Innovation Award for the Wireless Access for Health with the Provincial Government of Tarlac, RTI international, United States Agency for International Development, Smart Communications, Inc., Tarlac State University, and the National Epidemiological Center and Information Management Service of DOH in scaling up the use CHITS  in the province of Tarlac.

CHMI is an international global network that researches and documents innovative health programs around that have significantly changed how health is delivered in the marketplace. CHMI puts importance to projects that can be scaled up and replicated in other regions of the world.

QC recognizes UP’s health info system as tool in disease tracking

September 12th, 2011

QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES — The Quezon City Health Department reports that dengue cases are up by 3,447 cases from January to August, reaching the “alert threshold.”

This singular figure – a result of painstaking manual collation of reports gathered collectively by more than 250 public health nurses and midwives – is a powerful piece of information that should guide the public health management of the vector-borne disease.

However, because health information is manually obtained, collected, and aggregated, it loses its relevance by the time it reaches the desk of health managers. Therefore, it follows that the response mounted is not optimum.

This scenario is not unique to the Quezon City Health Department. Everywhere in the country, health managers struggle with having to rely on outdated or stale data to achieve a semblance of “evidence-based” decision-making.

But with its visionary leadership, Quezon City will be the first city to become an exception.

On September 12, the Quezon City government, led by Mayor Herbert M. Bautista, launched the P8.5 million Computerized Health Information System project utilizing the University of the Philippines’ homegrown electronic medical record system called Community Health Information Tracking System or CHITS.

This was formally sealed with Mayor Bautista and newly-installed UP President Alfredo E. Pascual signing of the Memorandum of Agreement at the Bulwagang Amoranto in this city.

Because of this, the “most populous city in the Philippines” is the first urban city to automate its entire health department.

“We can easily address the problem in a click of a button; unlike before, when we had to call our district supervisors to submit reports,” said City Health Officer Dr. Antonieta V. Inumerable of the Quezon City Health Department. “Now they can concentrate in the monitoring and easily apply preventive measures.”

Inumerable expounds that with the system, QC “can easily track the occurrence of communicable diseases which are of public importance.”

Quezon City Information Technology Development Office (QCITDO) will provide computers for every health center while UP Manila National Telehealth Center train health workers on using the system.

Vision for a “More People-Responsive Health Care”
“I dream of a healthier citizenry for Quezon City, “ declared Bautista. “This project is part of my overall plan to harness information technology as a tool to strengthen and secure services to our constituents.”

The automation of QC’s health information system is aligned with the national government’s five-year Philippine Digital Strategy (PDS) 2011-2016. The strategy aims to use information and communications technology (ICT) in promoting efficiency in the delivery of public service, which includes health care.

Bautista added, “This will enable us to better monitor inventories, patients, types of diseases attended to, actual consumption of resources as they occur, as well as to obtain objective measurements of efficiencies in attending to health needs of how many of our poor constituents.”

This vision was concretized and reinforced by the City Council under the leadership of Vice Mayor Joy G. Belmonte as they passed City Ordinance No. SP-2070. The ordinance stipulates for the computerization of all health centers in the city to serve as an “indispensable tool in providing emergency health services to all clients.”

One Health Information System for the Green City
CHITS is to aggregate relevant health information from 5 health districts, 7 lying-in clinics, 3 social hygiene clinics, and 63 health centers without using papers, folders and envelopes. This enables more than 3 million residents to have their consultation and health care services record stored and retrieved electronically.

“Paperless records [save us] papers and envelopes,” expressed Inumerable, echoing the city’s commitment to protect the environment.

Through CHITS, long waiting time for patients seeking medical services is reduced.

Data management, report generation, and inventory system are centralized to facilitate decision-making and planning purposes for the City’s health officers.

“CHITS tremendously unloads the health workers in reporting and spending more time in service delivery,” articulated Inumerable as health personnel usually spend their afternoons writing and recording in the registries and reports required by the City Health Office and the Department of Health.

CHITS has programs/modules that could store data on typical health center services such as consultation, maternal and child health, immunization, anti-tuberculosis, dental, family planning, leprosy, laboratory and notifiable diseases.

CHITS also features a PhilHealth module which monitors health services rendered to its members and dependents. It automatically generates reports that are compliant with the DOH’s Field Health Service Information System (FHSIS).

“For Quezon City, we [integrate] the other health programs of the DOH and requirements of the City Health Department such as communicable and non-communicable diseases, environmental sanitation, elderly program, social hygiene services, and lying-in clinic services,” enumerated Director Portia F. Marcelo of the National Telehealth Center.” CHITS also includes a drug inventory system for Quezon City’s health department.”

Created by the UP College of Medicine in 2004 with Pasay City, CHITS is “the longest running EMR in the country.”

The National Telehealth Center has since expanded its implementation in up to 50 rural health units nationwide. Recently, Navotas City also signed an agreement for the implementation of CHITS using Smartphones.

The technology is only as good as its user
Central to CHITS is building capacities of the government health staff – CHITS strengthens or even introduces skills in ICT use for health, deepens their appreciation for better quality data, strengthens their commitment in serving the public – mostly the poor who seek care in their health centers. CHITS introduces the values of FOSS or free and open source software – openness, sharing, accountability, giving back to the community.

CHITS anchors its existence with the support of health personnel such as physicians, midwives, public health nurses, and barangay health workers in the development of the software.

“Our strategy to partner with health workers in the development of the DOH health programs into modules made a great impact in the success of CHITS,” explained Marcelo. “Partnership matters a lot in the process as we have experienced in Pasay.”

With the forging of the partnership between Quezon City and the premier State University, health care delivery is transcended to new heights for its citizens.

Navotas, UP to automate health centers

August 31st, 2011

Navotas City, Philippines — The City Government of Navotas spearheaded by Mayor John Reynald M. Tiangco will sign a Php 2.8M Computerized Health Information System Project with the University of the Philippines Manila National Telehealth Center (UPM NTHC) to explore the potentials of UP’s electronic medical record system for government health centers using Smartphones.

Dubbed as the Navotas City Health Project, the partnership between Navotas City and UP will be sealed with a ceremonial signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on September 5. UPM NTHC Director Portia Grace Fernandez-Marcelo will hand over a BlackBerry Smartphone to Navotas Acting City Health Officer, Dr. Liberty C. Domingo as a “ceremonial transfer of technology.”

The Community Health Information Tracking System (CHITS), the Philippines’ first ever Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system for rural health units developed by the UP Manila National Telehealth Center (NTHC) will be the platform of the city’s Health Project. Distinct from other CHITS-enabled health centers, the city will maximize the potentials of mobile technology. Given this innovation, Navotas, famous for being the fishing capital of the Philippines will be pioneering the implementation of an electronic medical record system through a mobile phone.

mobile CHITS or mCHITS will enable midwives to collect patient data at the point of care. Data collected during field visits will be merged with data originated from health centers. This technology could be made possible through the use of the Internet.

“mCHITS would provide me with information I need to address immediate health concerns of my people, adequately plan for the prevention of future ailments and sicknesses, and prepare for the first Navotas City Hospital I plan to build within my term,” pronounces Mayor Tiangco. As of last year, the city of Navotas has been planning to build a district hospital so that Navoteños would not have to go to Valenzuela General Hospital in Valenzuela City, Tondo General Hospital, Metropolitan Medical Center, and Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center in the City of Manila to seek medical attention.The project will commence this September and will benefit over 245,000 Navoteños.

“This is the legacy that I wanted to share to all the men and women of Navotas City Health Department. Ever since, it has been my dream to computerize the health centers,” says Dr. Domingo. The Acting City Health Officer has been doing the groundwork for CHITS negotiation with UPM NTHC in the past six months.

UPM NTHC Project Manager for CHITS-Navotas and eHealth nurse Arturo M. Ongkeko Jr. says that mCHITS will increase time of health personnel delivering health care services to their patients. Since nurses and midwives will input data electronically, less time will be spent in accomplishing reports required by the Department of Health’s Field Health Service Information System (FHSIS). Data stored can be retrieved automatically without the difficulty of searching through hundreds of health center files and folders.

Last July, the city government has alredy purchased 22 BlackBerry Smartphones to be used by midwives during their house-to-house visits.

“I am looking forward to improve the efficiency of the health center staff, especially in terms of records management. The manual-paper based approach is such a waste of time. They could have rendered health care services to more patients.” added Dr. Domingo. With the mCHITS innovation, time saved for doing reports will translate to more time and attention to patients at the health center.

CHITS will be installed in nine health centers and one lying-in clinic of the city. One hundered (100) health personnel consisting of physicians, public health nurses, and midwives will undergo intensive health information system training that will empower them to use the system and strengthen their critical role as data managers.

By the year 2012, the city envisions that through CHITS, better health care delivery will be available to all Navoteños.

CHITS celebrates 7th year

May 10th, 2011

Manila, Philippines — Today marks the 7th anniversary of the implementation of the Community Health Information Tracking System or CHITS. The homegrown electronic medical record system developed by the University of the Philippines – Manila in 2004 has come a long way since its implementation at the Elvira Lagrosa Health Center in Pasay City.

From its humble beginnings as a “Child Injury Tracking System” spearheaded by Dr. Herman Tolentino and Dr. Alvin Marcelo, CHITS has become the tool in the automation of the health information system in rural health units in the country.

To date, there are 48 CHITS installations nationwide with Pasay City on the verge of citywide implementation, and other local government units gearing for their own implementations this year.

CHITS continues to evolve and will soon maximize the capabilities of mobile technology yet still strongly committed in complying with current and future standards of the Department of Health (DOH) and the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth).

The EMR for health centers looks forward to more years of transcending efficient healthcare delivery to the Filipino people.

CHITS-WAH 6th Stakeholders Meeting

May 6th, 2011

Tarlac City, Tarlac – The Provincial Health Office has announced the 6th Stakeholders Meeting of the Wireless for Access for Health initiative on May 10, 2011 at the Oasis Hotel, Angeles City, Pampanga.

The agenda will include the updates on the project implementation of the Community Health Information Tracking System or CHITS, an electronic medical record system for rural health units, in the four (4) sites in Tarlac. It also includes the results and assessment of the first phase of the project, redefined roles of the stakeholders, and work plan.

CHITS eyed as a tracking tool for Maternal and Neonatal Health

April 20th, 2011

Antipolo City, Rizal – The Community Health Information Tracking System (CHITS), an electronic medical record system for rural health units, was presented during the technical working group workshop of the Joint Programme on Maternal and Neonatal Health (JPMNH) last April 19, 2011 at the Meralco Management & Leadership Development Center (MMLDC) in Antipolo.

Pasay City Health District officer Dr. Marie Irene R. Sy highlighted the features and benefits of CHITS particularly targeting the maternal and neonatal health as manifested in the 7 years experience of Pasay City. CHITS has maternal and child health modules as well as an SMS (Short Message Service) appointment system for tracking mothers and babies for their health service schedule.

Former UPM-NThC director and original CHITS proponent Dr. Alvin B. Marcelo was also present to answer the queries regarding CHITS during the open forum. “Basically we started CHITS based on FHSIS-generated reports. But we now see the possibilities of expanding its features to in tracking mothers and babies using indicators of the JPMNH,” explains Dr. Marcelo.

“We see the potential of using CHITS for system-generated patient information as well as inventory management system for the JPMNH,” expresses Dr. Florence V. Tienzo, Health Specialist of The World Bank.

The JPMNH is a concerted effort of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and World Health Organization (WHO) to improve provision of contiuum of quality of care and services from pre-pregnancy, antenatal, intra-partum, post-natal, and neonatal care. Funded by the Australian Aid for International Development (AusAID).

The joint programme intends to increase equitable access to and utilization of reproductive health, and maternal and newborn information, goods and services in priority areas, and enhance effectiveness of national and sub-national support to local planning, implementation, and monitoring of the DOH’s Maternal, Newborn and Child Health and Nutrition strategy.

The project sites include the provinces of Eastern Samar, Ifugao, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, North Cotabato and Sarangani, and the cities of Tacloban, General Santos, Taguig, Navotas, Paranaque and Makati.

The two-day JPMNH TWG workshop was attended by participants from the WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, World Bank, DOH, and CHD-MM.

Sultan Kudarat participates in CHITS training

April 8th, 2011

Malate, Manila — Twenty-one (21) health advocates from the province of Sultan Kudarat recently attended the capability-building program of the Community Health Information Tracking System or CHITS last April 5-7, 2011 at the Kimberly Hotel, Malate, Manila.

The 3-day CHITS training included a ‘Lakbay Aral’ tour of an actual CHITS installation in Malibay Health Center in Pasay City. The participants were able to witness the operational flow of CHITS in a health center. Dr. Armand Lee, physician-in-charge of Malibay was there to answer the queries from the Sultan Kudarat health workers. Pasay City Health Office and CHITS original stalwarts Dr. Marie Irene R. Sy and PHN Mr. Rosendo Pantino were also in attendance.

Importance of health information system, quality data, ethics, and patient record security were mainly discussed during the training program. Basic CHITS patient registration and modules on the Department of Health (DOH) health programs such as General Consults, Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI), Maternal and Child Health (MCH), National Tuberculosis Control Program (NTP), Leprosy, Dental, Notifiable Diseases among others were also taught to the trainees.

Mr. Noel A. Bañez, CHITS Project Coordinator and Senior Training Specialist, and Dr. Luis M. Sy of Villamor Health Center, Pasay were the trainors for the April 5-7 training.

“Gusto namin itong CHITS and sana very soon meron na kami nito sa health center ko (We want CHITS and hopefully we will have the system in our health center),” wishes Dr. Gilson L. Laspiñas of Esperanza RHU.

The attendees for the training include rural health physicians, chiefs of hospitals, and public health nurses from Sultan Kudarat Provincial Health Office, Provincial Hospital, DOH Representative and Center for Health Development (CHD) Region XII. They were mainly composed from the Inter Local Health Zone (ILHZ) collectively known as BITES (Bagumabayan, Isulan, Tacurong, Esperanza, and Senator Ninoy Aquino).

The UP Manila – National Telehealth Center is the exclusive provider of training, accreditation, and services of CHITS and considers training competency and building capacities among health workers essential for the implementation of an electronic medical record system for rural health units.

Metro Manila Health Officers urge DOH for health information standards

February 11th, 2011

Manila, Philippines – “If the Department of Health would really like to have every LGU to have a system like CHITS. The support should also come from them. Have a uniform standard of reporting from DOH,” expresses Parañaque City Health Officer Dr. Olga Z. Virtusio after the presentation of the Community Health Information Tracking System or CHITS during the regular meeting of the Association of Health Officers in Metro Manila (AHOMM) last February 10, 2011 at the Citystate Tower Hotel in Ermita.

“CHITS is very timely with global information that we at the local level is really working on. This is commendable and highly recommended to improve our health information system,” exalts Dr. Virtusio on the electronic medical record system for health centers. “Most of the local health officers here are more than willing to have this kind of system in place.”

The 17-strong city health officers of Metro Manila were in attendance as the CHITS experience in Pasay City was presented by District Officer Marie Irene R. Sy. “CHITS has been in Pasay since 2004 but slowly but surely, we are now on the verge of a citywide computerization as we have 10 out of 14 health centers that are automated using CHITS,” says Dr. Sy.

Highlights of the presentation were the history, benefits, current and future features of CHITS which drew excitement from city health officers. Inquiries on installation and deployment were answered by CHITS Project Coordinator Noel A. Bañez.

The AHOMM meeting is a quarterly gathering of local health executives from the 16 cities and 1 municipality from Metro Manila which includes Manila, Caloocan, Las Piñas, Makati, Malabon, Mandaluyong, Marikina, Muntinlupa, Navotas, Pasay, Pasig, Parañaque, Quezon City, San Juan, Taguig, Valenzuela—and the municipality of Pateros. The meeting highlighted health program updates and initiatives from the DOH’s Center for Health Development – Metro Manila (CHD-MM) headed by Regional Director Dr. Irma L. Asuncion.

UPM-NThC donates CHITS servers to Manila, Muntinlupa, and Pasay Health Centers

February 10th, 2011

Mandaluyong City, Philippines – The University of the Philippines Manila – National Telehealth Center (UPM-NThC) recently donated six (6) computer servers installed with the Community Health Information Tracking System or CHITS during simple turnover ceremonies at the Conference Room of the Center for Health Development – Metro Manila (CHD-MM) in Welfareville Compound, Mandaluyong City last February 9, 2011.

The donation of the CHITS servers will prime the selected health centers in Manila (Rosario Reyes and Pedro Gil Health Centers); Muntinlupa (Alabang and Putatan Health Centers); and Pasay (MIA and San Pablo Health Centers) with the automation of health information system using an electronic health record system custom designed for government health facilities.

“Building capacities of health personnel has always been the service of the UP Manila – National Telehealth Center,” expressed Director Portia Fernandez-Marcelo of the UPM-NThC. She echoed the capability-building program that the health personnel from the health centers of Manila, Muntinlupa and Pasay cities underwent in preparation for the implementation of CHITS.

Dr. Irma L. Asuncion, Regional Director of the Department of Health’s CHD-MM recounts, “It took a while before this project was put into a document but we pushed for this because this can mean a lot in upgrading our health information system.” The project of setting-up of CHITS in selected health centers in Metro Manila was entered into an agreement last December 2009 between DOH CHD-MM and the UPM-NThC. The project mainly focused on training among health workers and installation of CHITS in the health centers. The LGU’s role in the project was to provide the workstations needed for the implementation.

“The experience of Pasay City sealed our commitment in this project because we saw the benefits,” continues Dr. Asuncion. “We are hoping that this can linked and be utilized by the CHD from the City Health Office in the future.”

CHITS was pilot-tested in Pasay City in 2004 with 10 out of 14 health centers already running on CHITS. “This year we hope to complete the CHITS-ing of our health centers,” hopes Dr. Cesar F. Encinares of the Pasay City Health Office.

“We are appreciative of the servers given to us and we are happy that we also bought our computer workstations for our health centers in Alabang and Putatan.” expresses Dr. Edilinda G. Patac of Muntinlupa City Health Office. The workstations and the donated server will complete the minimum requirement of 3 computers in a health facility for CHITS to serve its purpose.

Dr. Patac continues, “We also have other computers ready for other health centers aside from Putatan and Alabang. We are also dreaming of a citywide computerization with CHITS.”

“The statistics that we need for our report will be easier.” declares Dr. Marie Lorraine M. Sanchez of Manila City Health Department. CHITS automatically generate the Field Health Service Information System (FHSIS) and PhilHealth-compliant reports required by the DOH and PHIC.

Dr. Sanchez affirms, “We currently have 49 health centers and we are increasing in 60 and with CHITS, this will help a lot in the future for our health workers. We are assuring you of our commitment.

The turnover ceremonies were also attended by representatives from the Local Health Assistance Division (LHAD) and the World Health Organization (WHO) Philippines.

Pasay receives equipment to become the First City-wide Health Information System

January 24th, 2011

Pasay City, Philippines — The Phi Kappa Mu fraternity and Phil Lambda Delta sorority from the University of the Philippines Manila – College of Medicine donated 38 Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) monitors to the Pasay City Health Office during the flag-raising ceremonies on January 24, 2011 at the Pasay City Hall grounds.

Pasay City Mayor Antonino “Tony” G. Calixto and City Health Officer Dr. Cesar F. Encinares received the LCD monitors from Phi’s project head Jose Antonio T. Paulino (UPCM 2014). The LCD monitors will replace the current CRT monitors in Lagrosa, Malibay, Dona Marta, San Isidro, M. Dela Cruz, Dona Nena, and Kalayaan health centers. These health centers are implementation sites for the Community Health Information Tracking System (CHITS), an electronic medical record system for government health centers developed by the UP Manila – National Telehealth Center (UPM-NThC).

The other LCD monitors will be given to the 4 health centers (Cuyegkeng, Leveriza, Ventanilla, and San Roque) which will soon be automating their health center transactions. This will complete the 14 health centers of Pasay City and becoming the first ever city-wide health information system.

“Napakalaking tulong ito sa amin dito sa Pasay (This is a very big help to us in Pasay), said Mayor Calixto upon receiving the LCD monitors. Pasay City councilors Mary Grace Santos, Edita Vergel de Dios, and Ian Vendivel were also present during the simple rites.

“Lagrosa and Malibay health centers badly need their monitors replaced,” said Dr. Marie Irene R. Sy, Medical Officer V of Pasay City Health Office. Lagrosa and Malibay health centers were the pilot-sites for the implementation of CHITS in 2004 and they have been using CRT monitors. “The health workers are already excited about it,” continued Dr. Sy.

The LCD monitors from the Phi Kappa Mu fraternity and the Phi Lambda Delta sorority have been collected and provided by the Phi International, the fraternity’s US-based alumni brods spearheaded by Dr. Jess Socrates, together with their sorority sisters. Phi LIVE” project is an ongoing endeavor of equipping classrooms and health related facilities with hardware that could help in education and service providing. Excellence, being a core value of a Phi, the fraternity and sorority has already given 42 LCD monitors to the UP College of Medicine, particularly the Multi Disciplinary Laboratories in the Paz Mendoza Building located in the said campus. Monitors will also be given to the Philippine General Hospital, to improve on the current hardware that need to be replaced.

“This year, Phi would want to extend the project out of the college and in to the facilities and institutions who could make the most out of the hardware,” expressed Paulino. “At the same time, we are also distributing monitors within the UP campuses.”

Phi LIVE Project head is Jose Antonio T. Paulino, a 2nd year UP College of Medicine Student and his project assistant head, Ashraf A. Tawasil, a first year student, also from the UP College of Medicine. Other fraternity and sorority members such as Jason Panganiban, Ashraf Tawasil, Kenneth Mendoza and Julie Reyes were present during the ceremonial turnover.

UPM-NThC Coordinator for Research and Development Dr. Ryan Julius A. Bañez (Φ 2002) and CHITS Project Coordinator Noel A. Bañez were in attendance during the turnover ceremonies.

With the replacement of the CRT monitors to LCD of the Pasay City health centers with CHITS, this will boost the Pasay City Health Office to push its campaign towards the first city-wide implementation of CHITS in health centers which will ensure quality and efficient delivery of health care services to the citizens of Pasay City.